Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 6:00 AM EDT Apr 4, 2019 Washington — A new bipartisan bill in Congress aims to close loopholes that allow foreign actors and governments to purchase digital, television or radio ads to influence U.S. elections. The bill, introduced Wednesday by Reps. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, and Elise Stefanik, R-New York, comes days after special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe said Russia clearly interfered in the 2016 presidential election. The legislation responds to concerns specifically about Russian influence in social media ads, some containing anti-Muslim messages, that were intended to sow discord and disproportionately targeted Michigan in 2016, among other states. Slotkin said that ”in an ideal world,” lawmakers would have taken immediate steps to close the loopholes after U.S. intelligence agencies declared a year and a half ago that Russian attempted to influence the election. “Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, said Slotkin, a former Pentagon official. “We’re having a whole debate that politicizes things like this. It was left open for 2018, and I just don’t believe it should be left open for 2020.” “It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or Republican or Independent. I don’t think anyone wants foreign entities, foreign organizations or foreign individuals buying ads in our political process.” Foreign governments and foreign nationals… Read full this story
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